WORLD OF EXTERIORS A glamorous new beauty destination.
An old lady has undergone a serious facelift, metamorphosing into what is undeniably Australia’s most glamorous beauty destination. By EUGENIE KELLY
IT’S THE OLDEST ADAGE IN BEAUTY. One backed by science, apparently. Say it with me: a perfectly symmetrical face is the most beautiful. But if anyone knows Dr Joseph Hkeik — cosmetic physician to Sydney’s fashionable and famous set — that’s the first myth he dispels during your introductory consultation. Here goes the script: “Perfection lacks character,” he assures us. (Cue comforting pat on back.) “Anyone can measure a face and make it symmetrical.” (Cue dramatic pause as he examines our furrowed brow, followed by every pore of our sun-wizened skin.) The verdict: “We need to enhance your natural aesthetic and make your face and skin its most beautiful. (And here comes the clincher …) “But there’s beauty in the unexpected.”
They’re words you’re more likely to hear from an artist than an aesthetic physician who is regarded as the go-to guy when you need to get red-carpet ready. So it’s no surprise Dr Hkeik was once a passionate sculptor who also studied drawing, ceramics and painting. That’s where the innate understanding of the female form stems from. Along with this idea of finding beauty in the unexpected — which he has now applied to his lifelong dream project: perhaps the most gobsmackingly gorgeous beauty destination in Australia right now.we’re talking a sprawling two storey victorian terrace in Sydney’ s Double Bay that Dr Hkeik has spent the past nine months transforming into his shining All Saints Skin Clinic in collaboration with architect and interior designer Blainey North.
“I love that Joseph believes beauty isn’t about precise symmetry!” agrees North, whose acclaimed design firm boasts such high-profile clients as James Packer and Nicole Kidman. “We had this idea that when you take two mirrors and put them opposite each other — but at an angle — it creates this unexpected thing. We played with that — with the
A treatment room at All Saints Skin Clinic in Sydney, featuring interiors by Blainey North.
Dr Joseph Hkeik.